'burlap', as it is known in the US-- or 'hessian' (in other countries)-- is a woven fabric made from the skin of the jute plant.  jute fibers can be harvested, dried, and then woven into cloth-- used in making rugs, cloth, and rope. jute grows in south asia--  it has been used for centuries and is second in international production and use only to cotton.

jute fibers are typically around twelve feet long and they need to be dried (like these, drying along the road-- excuse the blurry photo) before being woven.

i have been obsessing about burlap lately-- i imagine burlap upholstered walls, burlap shower curtains-- you can find it in the 'utility fabric' section of your fabric store.  it comes in a wide number of beautiful colors, and is typically very inexpensive.



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